75 Years of Book Publishing in India
Editor: Asoke K. Ghosh
Publisher: THE FEDERATION OF INDIAN PUBLISHERS
About the book
This book presents a comprehensive insight into the glorious evolution of the Indian publishing sector over the past 75 years and offers an all-encompassing view of its past, present, and future. It further sheds light on how the ever-evolving landscape of Indian publishing and the tireless hard work of all its stakeholders has enabled our beloved nation to attain the feat of thriving amongst global frontrunners in terms of publishing and being only second to the USA in terms of publishing books in English. The mammoth reach of its expanse has resulted in our growth potential ranging up to INR 800 billion by 2024.
The first part of this book exhaustively covers articles on publishing in twenty Indian languages, followed by the second part, which has offshoots that encompass the narrative of how the publishing sector has met all the daunting odds over the past few decades to stay
abreast with the changing trends across the globe.
It further highlights the role of digitisation and sustainability in this Industry apart from highlighting the need for educating the masses on the viability and scope of copyright in India, intending to amplify the creative outcome of the literary space. Lastly, under the penmanship of eminent Indian personalities, it covers the trajectory of how the Federation of Indian Publishers has been the focal point of establishing robust global and domestic relationships in this sphere, along with the role of prominent international organisations like the IPA.
About the editor
Asoke K. Ghosh, the Father of Indian Publishing and this publication’s architect, holds an immaculate professional standing in this field that is adorned with accomplishments like being the first Indian and the sole Asian to be named Vice President of the leading global organisation for publishing worldwide, the International Publishers Association (IPA).
He’s the Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning Private Limited and was the enabler of the ground-breaking revolution of the publication of low-cost books under the umbrella of Eastern Economy Editions in the early 1960s that altered the publishing scenario in India by leaps and bounds. He is also the Founder-member, ex-Chairman and the Honorary Advisor to the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO).
The foundation for publishing computer science books in India was established under his visionary leadership, and as we commemorate the “Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” which also marks 75 years of publishing in India, it is important to note this because his work perfectly embodies the “Make in India” ethos.
Apart from enabling the Indian publishing sphere to create a stellar presence on the global map, Mr. Ghosh also is a Founding member and the President Emeritus after having held the position of the President of The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) twice previously. Lastly, he is also the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Leadership Award by the IPA for his “commitment to the protection of creativity and freedom to publish”. He has also been presented with the Most Distinguished Publisher Award and the Life Time Achievement Award by the FIP.
Lastly, The London Book Fair, in collaboration with The Publishers Association, UK presented Mr. Ghosh with “The Simon Master Chairman’s Award”, and his dedicated effort played a pivotal role in establishing Delhi as the first-ever UNESCO World Book Capital in 2003.
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